Noah’s Art

Noah Charney, a specialist in the field of art crime, speaks about fine art theft, forgery, and his novel, a mystery-thriller that begins with the disappearance of three paintings.

I had heard about Noah Charney long before I met him.  His mother, Diane—known, to her French students at Yale, as Madame Char-nay—often tells stories about her son, the novelist, the founder and director of a non-profit think tank, and, she says, the expert on art crime.  I thought, based on our limited email interaction and a ubiquitous picture from a New York Times article, I would be able to recognize Noah when we met at a local New Haven bookstore. I arrived at Atticus. . . Read more
Sarah Nutman
Room for Debate

The Great Debate between Yale and Howard University, an event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

On a cold night at the end of March, Woolsey Hall is packed.  In the rotunda of one of Yale’s oldest and most storied buildings stands a menagerie of young children with their teachers and parents, clusters of college students, and a few scattered older adults waiting to go in.  They are mostly well-dressed—the men in suits, some women in fancy hats— and they are mostly black.  They had come, according to 2006 Democratic senatorial candidate, Honorary Chair of the debate, and tonight’s guest speaker,. . . Read more
Sarah Nutman
Radio Active

Yale’s AM station tunes in to past glory.

“You’re listening to Poptimism.” It’s just after 7 on a Monday night and Catie Gliwa TC ’11 is on the air. “Next up, MIA with ‘Bamboo Banga’ and, at risk of losing one of my three listeners, Miley Cyrus.” As the last song fades—“and I, I can’t wait to see you again”—Gliwa returns to the mic. “This is WYBC 1340 AM. You just heard Miley Cyrus with ‘See You Again.’ Horace, I hope you’re still listening.” Horace is her boyfriend. Gliwa underestimated her listenership (after all,. . . Read more
Sarah Nutman
Building Blocks

New Haven models new development on an old urban ideal.

John DeStefano is a development man. Since his mayoral inauguration in 1993, his administration has directed billions of dollars, year after year, to rebuilding New Haven—gutting and renovating its schools, developing blighted neighborhoods through the Livable City Initiative, and revitalizing empty business districts like Orange Street and the Ninth Square. DeStefano sees his work as a march toward the future, but the future he envisions is very much like the New Haven of 90 years ago: a living, walking, and working urban environment with a. . . Read more
Sarah Nutman
Into the Woodshop

Mark Messier whittles while he works.

What you have to do is put these together,” says Mark Messier, pointing to pieces of freshly sawed wood sitting on an unfinished shelf. “Capisci?” A freshman listens silently, wearing a look of bewilderment and stubborn resolve. “No capisci!” Messier continues emphatically, grabbing the two slabs to ready them for gluing. It’s a typical Saturday in the Gosselin Woodshop tucked into the basement of Berkeley College. For nearly years, Messier, a professional woodworker and cabinetmaker, has made the hour-long commute from Coventry once each week. . . Read more
Sarah Nutman